Evan Dawson

Connections Host

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

Ways to Connect

First hour: Todd Moss on bureaucracy and the situation in Afghanistan

Second hour: The best podcasts (so far) of 2021

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that can lead to chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more. Researchers say it can sometimes be reversed with lifestyle changes.

We talk about metabolic syndrome with the experts and a patient. Our guests:

  • Lynda Powell, Charles J. and Margaret Roberts Professor of Preventive Medicine, and chairperson of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago 
  • Barbara Lohse, professor of health sciences and head of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, and director of the NEEDSs Center at RIT
  • Pamela Rhode, patient who successfully reversed her metabolic syndrome through lifestyle changes

If you would like to learn more about the ELM study discussed on this program, please click here or email ELMAutumn@RIT.edu.

We're joined by U.S. military veterans who discuss their views on U.S. counter-terrorism efforts and the war in Afghanistan.

Our guests:

Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell/ Creative Commons License / U.S. Navy

First hour: Discussing U.S. counter-terrorism efforts

Second hour: Understanding metabolic syndrome

The Rochester Cocktail Revival is back. The eighth annual event kicked off Monday and runs through Sept. 5. Rochester's event is the only weeklong cocktail festival of its kind in the state, with more than 20 bars participating. Despite the vibrant local scene, Rochester hasn't made the map when it comes to national recognition for its cocktails. Tales' Spirited Awards, which honor cocktails and spirits throughout the nation, have focused attention on New York City; the only bars awarded north of that are in Massachusetts and Canada.

This hour, we preview the Rochester Cocktail Revival, and we discuss how cities like Rochester -- smaller in population, but large in cocktail culture -- earn a place on the wider cultural map. Our guests:

Early this year, the company LawnStarter ranked the best cities in the U.S. to live without a car. San Francisco came in at number one. Shreveport, Louisiana fell in last place -- number 150. Rochester was listed at number 37.

What can lower-ranking cities learn from San Francisco in terms of walkability and access to public transit?This hour, we compare the scene in each of the three cities. Our guests:

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

First hour: Comparing walkability and public transit in different U.S. cities

Second hour: Previewing the 2021 Rochester Cocktail Revival

In a piece for the Atlantic Monthly, Elizabeth Bruenig wrote that educators have a "hugely complex task" when it comes to training young people to be ethical consumers of pornography. Porn literacy educators want digital natives to be able to recognize that much of modern pornography perpetuates and amplifies standards of beauty that are harmful, a lack of protection, exploitation, and sometimes, sexual violence.

Our guests this hour discuss porn literacy and how to have conversations with young people about mainstream pornography:

*Correction: The Boston Public Health Commission's porn literacy curriculum is called “Start Strong.” Learn more here.

When Peyton Manning went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month, he issued a call for the revitalization of youth football. Manning warned that the game is losing players at every level, and he said that the safety improvements should be enough to convince parents to send their kids out on the field again. Is he right?

We discuss the state of football, and we address Manning's plea for more kids of all ages to be playing the game. Our guests:

freeimages.com/Jennifer Marr

First hour: The future of American football

Second hour: Discussing porn literacy